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Beauty Buzz | FabFitFun Winter VIP Box

FabFitFun's Winter VIP Box is here! Is this season's surprise content of fashion, beauty & fitness goodies worth it?
FabFitFunBox Winter 2013

As cliche as it is, my New Year's resolutions include getting into better shape. Luke is 16 months and sleeping great (most of the time), the house is largely unpacked and set up, and Leo bought us a treadmill. There are no more excuses.

Motivation comes in all forms. I wish I could say I woke up every day raring to exercise for the sake of my health and appearance but as we all know, it's more complicated than that. Little things like a new running playlist or a cute new sports bra go a long way. The FabFitFun Winter VIP Box arrived on my doorstep filled with a great selection of fashion, beauty, and fitness goodies to jump start my 2014 wellness plan. $235.48-worth to be exact. Here's what you can expect:

5 Online Physique 57 Classes ($25): My friend Natasha works at Physique 57 and she has been raving about the results for as long as I can remember. Her body is perfection and tons of celebs swear by the routines. She has invited me time and time again to visit the studios for classes but for some reason I never worked up the motivation. Well, I do know why. I'm not much of a fitness class person. I always love when I actually go but I can't seem to get excited about scheduling, paying a babysitter, and going and waiting and...while I'm being honest, other people. I prefer to work out alone or at most with a friend or two so these online classes are perfect for me (and moms in general). I cannot wait to try them. Just not today. I plan to wash my hair, wink. And should the endorphins get me addicted, the price is far more manageable than the in-studio cost and comparable DVDs.

TruEnergy Inspired Ear Buds ($33.99): Leo and I constantly fight over headphones and ear buds. They always seem to disappear so an extra pair is always welcome. TruEnergy are cute and girly with a purple and blue color and have enhanced bass and noise reduction. There's also a SoundShare splitter that allows two people to listen to music or watch a movie together, which is great for the kids too, should I want to share. They fit snuggly and securely and come with two extra sets of covers. UPDATE: While I like these headphones for misc use, they are terrible for running. The splitter is too heavy and yanks the buds out of the ear.

skyn Iceland Icelandic Relief Eye Cream ($45): I was introduced to skyn this summer at a relaxation event and Henri Bendel. The company's mission is to cool and calm skin to reduce stress and its consequences. Eye cream is essential for me at this point. I never know if I'm going to get a good night's rest between work, the kids, and the dogs (they move around at night and wake me up). I swear the lines appear deeper each day but eye cream definitely helps, if only temporarily. skyn's Icelandic Relief is a nice thick formula that doesn't run into the eyes, odorless, and definitely has a cooling effect. I'm very glad to see this in the box.

Beauty for Real Lip Gloss in Don't Stop Red ($22): I'm really picky about the red I choose for my lips and this isn't a great shade for me BUT the brand gets and A++ for packaging. The lip gloss itself has a mirror built in and a light up cap. I've never seen anything like it. I would definitely try this brand in another shade simply because the light and mirror make it so easy to apply on the go. The formula also contains antioxidants and plumping marine collagen.

Bioxidea Miracle 24 Face Mask ($19): I haven't opened it yet but it's supposed to smooth skin and reduce the signs of premature aging. I'm definitely aging and like trying new masks so I'm excited to try it. As soon as I have 15 to 30 minutes to sit with a mask on my face.

Simple Foaming Facial Cleanser ($8): This is a bonus item and a good one. It's winter, it's dry, and skin needs to be pampered but gently. I'm a big fan of Simple products and can always use more facial cleanser since washing twice a day it goes quickly. I really like this foaming formula. It's mild and has light Chamomile scent but is still effective and removes makeup well.

NYX Love in Florence Eye Shadow Palette in Ciao Bella ($8): Another awesome bonus. This palette features 5 shadows with combinations for all eye colors and skin tones. I'm really looking forward to playing around with them.

$20 Credit to ($20): I've never tried MeUndies so I can't vouch for the fit or comfort but I just ordered a standard looking black thong. I would have preferred a pair of printed briefs but they're sold out in reasonable human adult sizes. The site bills itself as "high end basics" designed in LA by celebrity stylists and offers men's and women's underwear including socks and undershirts. The $20 credit covers the cost of one pair of underwear or two pairs of socks. Shipping is free and you also receive a 20% discount on your first purchase. Underwear is always good. UPDATE: Got my thong and it's really cute. Great quality and super comfortable. Thumbs up!

The Giving Keys Never Ending Necklace ($55): I'm on the fence about this one. Each necklace features an engraved key pendant and when you meet someone who needs the message more than you, you're supposed to pay it forward. Mine is silver and reads "strength." It's not something I would have bought on my own or typically wear but then I looked at the website and the company's mission is to employ those transitioning out of homelessness to make jewelry out of repurposed keys which is very cool. Or a marketing gimmick. Hard to tell these days. Let's give them the benefit of the doubt, shall we?

Lorna Jane Bracelet (no retail value): And speaking of marketing gimmicks, this is a big plastic pink bracelet that an Australian activewear company (?) was giving away for free on its site in exchange for email addresses. It's supposed to symbolize sisterhood and serve as a daily reminder to "Move, Nourish, and Believe." It also comes with a 20% off coupon to that expired at the end of December. Bummed to see junk like this in the box. Less is sometimes more.

VERDICT: If you like surprise goodies and have the extra cash, the Winter VIP Box at $49.99 more than pays for itself. I like this selection of items even more than the Summer Box (which I also really liked) and think many of them will help me start this year off on the right foot.

{I was not compensated for this post. I received a complimentary box for review purposes. Post contains affiliate links. All opinions expressed herein are my own.}